Big 12 Football Media Days July 20-22

Football season is fast approaching and next week is Big 12 Media Days in Kansas City, Missouri July 20-22. Get a brief summary on each coach from the Big 12 and what players they will be bringing down with them. Also listed is a brief recap on each player from last season.

2004 Football Media Day Attendees

BAYLORCoach Guy Morriss—BU's 24th head coach...Pulled off major upset of defending Big 12 North champion Colorado 42-30 in his first season with the Bears in 2003…All-SWC guard at TCU in 1972…Played 15 seasons in the NFL with Philadelphia and New England…Coached Kentucky to a 7-5 mark in 2002 before arriving at Baylor.

LB Justin Crooks—Finished last year with 72 tackles, 45 solos…Second on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss…Has received some preseason 2004 All-Big 12 mention and had a career-tops 10 tackles during the Baylor-Texas game.

FB Jonathan Evans—Tied for Big 12 game record with six rushing touchdowns against Samford in 2002…One of top multi-purpose running backs in conference…Solid blocker at 250 pounds and also had 14 receptions for 132 yards.

COLORADOCoach Gary Barnett—Named 2001 Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year after CU defeated Texas 39-37 in Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship…Has guided five of his last eight teams to bowls, including Rose, Fiesta and Citrus bowls…Named Big Ten and Big 12 conferences' coach of the Year three times since 1995.

QB Joel Klatt—Projected second-year starter with 402 yards passing in his 2003 debut to lead CU past Colorado State 42-35 at Denver…Fourth in Big 12 passing yards per game as a sophomore with 237.6 along with 21 TDs and 2,614 net yards.

TB Bobby Purify—Had game-winning TD against Colorado State in 42-35 triumph last fall…Has just five career fumbles in 366 career touches…15th in career rushing at CU with 1,999 yards and 26th in all-purpose yards at 2,362 in 35 tilts.

IOWA STATE—Coach Dan McCarney—Guided Cyclones to school-record three consecutive bowl games from 2000-02…Took ISU to 2000, 2001 Independence and 2002 Humanitarian Bowls…Top mark as head coach has been 9-3 in 2000…Former team captain and assistant coach at Iowa before taking over at ISU in 1995.

TB Stevie Hicks—Led ISU in rushing as a redshirt freshman in 2003 with 123 carries for 471 yards and long gainer of 31 yards…Had career-best game with 123 yards on 28 tries against bowl-bound Missouri…It was Cyclones' second 100-yard rushing game last season.

DB Ellis Hobbs—Has recorded 122 tackles in his last two seasons with 71 as a junior and a 53-yard fumble return against Texas Tech…Has at least one interception in each of his first three seasons and four overall…Made 51 solo stops in 2003.

DE Jason Berryman—First Team Freshman All-America in '03…Big 12 Defensive Freshman of Year with team-leading 110 total tackles…Notched eight TFL and had seven 10-plus tackles' contests while starting all 12 games.

KANSAS—Coach Mark Mangino—2003 Jayhawks advanced to first bowl berth since 1995 by facing North Carolina State in the 2003 Mazda Tangerine Bowl…Helped KU make a four-game turnaround in the win column from 2-10 in 2002 to 6-7 last season…Frank Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000 while at Oklahoma…Last two KU teams have 9,280 yards of total offense, including 5,479 in 2003.

C Joe Vaughn—2003 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year…On Dave Rimington Award Watch List for '04…Key cog in the Jayhawks' record-setting 2003 season with 5,479 yards of total offense…Started all 13 games last year.

OLB Banks Floodman—One of Top 25 tacklers in the conference in '03 with 93 total stops—61 solo…Also made two sacks with nine TFL and a pass interception…Made solid inroads as a soph defender in KU's defensive improvement.

KANSAS STATE—Coach Bill Snyder—National Coach of the Year three times and led KSU to No. 1 national ranking near season's end in 1998…Led Wildcats to six 11-win seasons over seven years from 1997-03…Currently 10th among active Division I-A head coaches with 127-55-1 mark at KSU since 1989…Second among all mentors in wins since 1990 with 126 behind Florida State's Bobby Bowden (146 from 1990-03).

RB Darren Sproles—KSU's career rushing leader with 3,661 yards on 571 carries and fifth on the all-time Big 12 rushing chart…First team All-America in 2002 and consensus All-Big 12…Has gained 3,451 yards and scored 35 TDs (33 rushing) in last two seasons.

DE Scott Edmonds—Fine junior leader in KSU's always-sharp pass rush…Had six sacks and 10 TFLs among his 25 tackles as a soph for the 11-4 Wildcats…Had three stops, including two TFL, in K-State's 35-7 win over Oklahoma.

MISSOURI—Coach Gary Pinkel—Paced Tigers to 8-5 final mark in 2003 and first bowl appearance since 1998 last year…Advanced MU teams from 4-7 to 5-7 to 8-5 from 2001-03…Has a Top 20 winning percentage among active Division I-A mentors with a composite 90-56-3 (.614) mark at Toledo (1991-2000) and Missouri for 13 years.

QB Brad Smith—National Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America in 2002…Has rushed for 1,000-plus yards (1,029 as a freshman and 1,406 in '03) in his first two seasons for most (2,415) over that span by a Division I-A quarterback.

LB James Kinney—Preseason All-America with 322 career tackles, ninth on Tigers' career list…Has led MU in tackles the last two years with 147 in 2003 and 148 in '02…Ranked 25th nationally with 11.3 stops per game as a junior.

DL Atiyah Ellison—Senior who developed quickly as interior defenseman last season with 72 total hits and 14 TFL for -48 yards…Former DE who set up a pair of TDs with fumbles caused in 2003…Has 115 career tackles and four QB sacks.

NEBRASKA—Coach Bill Callahan—One of the most innovative offensive minds nationally…Coached the Oakland Raiders to the 2003 Super Bowl and is the 27th head coach in Huskers' history…Fourth first-year head coach to take a team to the Super Bowl…Named NFL Coach of the Year in 2002…Assisted at Illinois, Northern Arizona, Southern Illinois, and Wisconsin in the college ranks prior to moving to NFL.

TE Matt Herian—First team All-Big 12 tight end as a sophomore…Has a 27.1 yards per catch average over his first two seasons at NU…Led last year's squad with 22 catches for 484 yards, 22 yards per catch, three TDs, and long gainer of 77.

LB Barrett Ruud—Preseason All-America in 2004…Set single-season tackling record for Huskers in 2003 with 149 total stops (78 solo), 11.5 tackles per game, 2.5 sacks, eight TFL, and No. 16 nationally tackling average.

FS Josh Bullocks—First team All-America in 2003 with Big 12-season-record 10 pass interceptions…Had most pilfers nationally and second-best average per game…Added 154 return yards and set up numerous scoring opportunities.

OKLAHOMA—Coach Bob Stoops—Consensus National Coach of the Year after guiding Sooners to 13-0 record and seventh national championship in 2000…Was Bobby Dodd National Coach of Year in 2003 after helping team remain No. 1 nationally for 16 consecutive weeks…Is off to top five-year coaching start (55-11, .833) in NCAA Division I-A history.

QB Jason White—2003 Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Trophy recipient…Set school records for season TD passes (40) and passing efficiency with 278-for-451 passing, 3,846 yards, just 10 interceptions, and 61.6 percent completion rate.

DE Dan Cody—Has been named to virtually every pre-2004 All-America team and Defensive Player of the Year Watch List…First team All-Big 12 defender after registering 48 tackles, 18 TFLs and 11 sacks as a junior.

OKLAHOMA STATE—Coach Les Miles—Took OSU to first back-to-back bowl appearances since 1987 and '88 seasons after Cowboys met Ole Miss in 2004 SBC Cotton Bowl…Led school to its first bowl triumph since 1988 with 33-23 win over Southern Miss in '02 Houston Bowl…Associated Press 2002 Big 12 Coach of Year…21-16 in three seasons at OSU.

TE Billy Bajema—Sometimes overlooked tight end with All-Big 12 potential…Made 12 receptions for 130 yards and one TD last season…One of the top blocking tight ends in the conference…Assisted OSU to back-to-back bowl appearances.

CB Darrent Williams—Preseason All-Big 12 and potential All-America with 11 career pass interceptions and 37 deflections…Both statistics rank him in the Big 12 all-time Top 25…Had six interceptions and 17 deflections as a junior.

TEXAS—Coach Mack Brown—Paced his last 12 teams at Texas and North Carolina to bowl berths and a composite record of 113-35 (.764) during that span…Helped Longhorns to back-to-back 11-win seasons for first time in school history in 2001 and '02…Moved up to No . 8 among active NCAA Division I-A coaches in 2004 with 145 victories—59 at UT over six years.

RB Cedric Benson—Concentrated solely on football in summer, 2004, after minor league baseball career…First Longhorns' carrier to rush for 1,000-plus yards in his opening three seasons…No. 4 in Big 12 history with 3,706 yards.

LB Derrick Johnson—All-America linebacker in '03 after making 125 total stops, four pass interceptions and three fumble recoveries…Top tackler for the Longhorns as a junior…Butkus Award semifinalist in both 2002 and 2003.

TEXAS A&M—Coach Dennis Franchione—Has been a master rebuilder of programs at every coaching stop since 1981..Paced Alabama to 10-3 mark in 2002 before going to A&M…Took a 1-10 TCU team from 1996 and carried Frogs to four consecutive bowl trips…No. 6 among Division I-A actives with 159 wins at seven schools over 21 seasons.

WR Terrence Murphy—One of A&M's most solid receivers in school history…Has 116 career catches, including 44 for 762 yards and a 17.3 average last year, for 1,869 all-time yards and seven TDs…Solid All-Big 12 candidate in '04.

FS Jaxson Appel—Set school season record for tackles by a defensive back in 2003 with 135…Second team All-Big 12 defensive back as a soph…Had four interceptions for 109 yards, 27.3 average and one TD last season.

TEXAS TECH—Coach Mike Leach—Has taken Tech to four consecutive bowls for the first time since the 1993-96 campaigns under coach Spike Dykes and just second time in school annals…Tech set 54 school, Big 12 and national records in 2003…Team led nation in total offense (7,576 yards) and passing offense (6,179) with 53 TD tosses in '03.

OT Daniel Loper—Three-year starter at offensive tackle for the high-scoring Red Raiders…Second team All-Big 12 as a junior and uses his 6-7 height to advantage in pass blocking…Team set '03 school record with 418 first downs behind him.

DE Adell Duckett—Registered 14 sacks last year to lead the Big 12…Also third on Tech's career list and among Top 10 (seventh) in Big 12 all-time annals with 24 QB sacks…Paced conference with 24.5 tackles for loss as a junior.


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